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Foreign Ministry Quiz Winners to Visit Estonia from Philippines, Russia and USA

03.06.2011

No. 197-E

Foreign Ministry Secretary General Alar Streimann randomly selected the winners of the Foreign Ministry’s Estonia-themed web-based quiz on Thursday, 2 June. The grand prizes of the Foreign Ministry’s web-based quiz were trips to Estonia, which went to Erminilda Nisay of the Philippines and Renat Kasimov of Russia. Among those who filled out the quiz on Facebook the winner was Ryan Luering of the United States.

The goal of the Foreign Ministry Estonia quiz is to introduce Estonia to citizens of other countries by offering participants new and interesting facts in an effort to motivate them to do further research into Estonia and visit the country.

In this year’s spring quiz, there were 9 090 participants from 98 countries. Secretary General Streimann stated that this is a record for the number of participants since 2002, when the Foreign Ministry quizzes began. “The tremendous number of participants also reflects a diverse interest in Estonia. In addition to our close neighbours, responses also came from every corner of the earth, for example Bahrain, Bermuda, Cambodia, Fiji, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, and Qatar,” Streimann noted.

The most responses came from the United States, Russia, Finland, Germany, France, and Latvia.

The quiz was posted in two languages. There were 5 372 participants in the English-language quiz and 3 437 in the Russian-language quiz. The total number of people that answered all the questions correctly was 7 500.

Participants in the English-language quiz were eligible to win 4 trips in summertime Estonia. The grand prize was a six-day travel package for two including two round-trip plane tickets to Estonia from Estonian Air, nights in the Three Sisters and Radisson Blu Hotels in Tallinn, a city excursion in Tallinn from Estravel, dinner in the restaurant Gloria, a Tallinn VIP Card from the city of Tallinn for visiting the sights, and a trip to Saaremaa with a stop in the Grand Rose Spa Hotel.

Prizes for the Russian-language quiz were two travel packages in Estonia. The grand prize winner receives two round-trip plane tickets to Estonia from Estonian Air, nights in the Telegraaf Hotel, Viimsi Spa, and City Hotel Portus in Tallinn, and dinner in the restaurant Ribe. The winner also receives a Tallinn excursion from Estravel and a Tallinn VIP Card from the city of Tallinn. In addition, the winner will visit Lahemaa and stay in the Sagadi Manor Hotel and Viinistu Hotel.

This year was the first time it was also possible to fill out the quiz on Facebook.

The Foreign Ministry has organised Estonia-themed quizzes geared towards foreigners since 2002. This year the quiz was organized for the 16th time.

The quiz consisted of twelve multiple-choice questions about different facets of life in Estonia. The quiz was open to participants from 1 March to 31 May, and could be seen at the address http://quiz.mfa.ee/.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to thank all the quiz participants and all the sponsors.

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